Angler’s Journal: David Mangum

By Will Ruzzo | Photos by David Mangum

Few people have built their lives around Florida’s tarpon

with the intensity of David Mangum.

St. Joe Bay off the Florida Panhandle.

As a native of Florida’s Panhandle, he has spent decades as an angler, guide, photographer, and filmmaker decoding the mix of tide, wind, and migration that defines the fourmonth season.

JT Von Zandt takes a moment to revive a silver king. For more than 200 days each year, he’s poling clients for Shallow Water Expeditions, his Santa Rosa Beach guide service.

Fishing in Content Keys

He was the subject of the film “120 Days: Tarpon Season” by Felt Soul Media and has made his own with Cavin Brothers, a short biography of photographer Andy Anderson, whose iconic images have come to define outdoor photography.

Mangum also recently released his first book, “Tarpon,” published by YETI with 130 pages of images and essays by Charles Gaines, Thomas McGuane, Randy Wayne White, and world record holder Diana Rudolph.

Fishing jumping out of the water

This collection of images was shot over several years and provides a look into a season with Mangum hunting redfish and tarpon with rod and camera.


This content was sponsored by YETI.

This article originally appeared in the 2020 edition of Stonefly Magazine.